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Literature: Cavendon Hall
Cavendon Hall is a 2014 Edwardian Era novel set in England, featuring two families: the Inghams and the Swanns. It mainly focuses on the two middle Ingham daughters, Daphne and De Lacy, and the only Swann daughter Cecily. The plot really takes off about 90 pages in when Daphne gets raped by the older brother of a childhood friend.


  • 100% Adoration Rating: the Inghams, especially the father. The father, Charles, is clearly beloved by everyone in all of his villages, to the point where the staff have no idea who could have raped Daphne and set the stable on fire. Dulcie and Daphne also seem to be particularly loved by at least the rest of the family and the staff, though it's hard to tell how far that extends beyond the family.
  • Absurdly Youthful Mother: Felicity seems to look pretty young to be a mother of a 22-year-old at the beginning of the book.
  • Adorkable: Hugo. Also, the younger Ingham son Michael.
  • Age-Appropriate Angst: At first with Daphne. Her original fears include finding a handsome, nice boy to marry after her debutante ball. While the date does have to be moved up, she does eventually find a nice, handsome boy to marry.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: Except for Daphne and Hugo, and Cecily and Michael.
  • Alliterative Family: All the female Ingham children have names beginning with D, possibly after Charles' father, David: Diedre, Daphne, De Lacy, and Dulcie.
  • Aloof Big Brother: Both Guy and Diedre, the two oldest Ingham children, do not appear until well over 100 pages into the book.
  • Altar the Speed: Hugo and Daphne get married within a month of their engagement appearing in the local papers because of Daphne's pregnancy.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Dulcie, at least in the opinion of Diedre. While none of the others seem to find her annoying, her behavior does raise some eyebrows, especially as she escapes from her nanny no less than 5 times.
  • The Artful Dodger: Genevra, the gypsy girl who lives on the grounds. No one says how old she is, but my guess is she's around the same age as Cecily and DeLacy.
  • Attention Whore: Possibly with Diedre. She questions basically if her sister's wedding was a shotgun wedding after seeing her niece for the first time and even says that they shouldn't be making such a fuss over "just a baby".
  • Beleaguered Childhood Friend: Possibly Julian with regards to Daphne.
  • Beautiful All Along: Daphne discovers this early on in the book; in a twist, she is always told that she is quite beautiful, but she does not believe so.
  • The Beautiful Elite: All of the Inghams, except for Diedre, are described as either handsome or beautiful, especially Charles, Daphne, and Dulcie, who "has the face of a Boticelli angel".
  • Big Sister Instinct: Daphne feels this to both De Lacy and Dulcie. She comforts De Lacy after De Lacy accidentally spills ink on her ballgown and then talks Dulcie down from a temper tantrum. She also takes care of Dulcie when they fire her nanny and even helps find a new nanny for her.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Diedre. However, she's also the plain one in the family, so it at least sort of makes sense.
  • A Boy, a Girl, and a Baby Family: The Ingham family has 2 boys (Guy and Michael), 2 girls (Diedre and Daphne), and 2 babies (De Lacy and Dulcie). Though De Lacy, who is 12, could be considered one of the "girls", as she is only two years younger than the youngest boy. Dulcie, meanwhile, is five years old.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Dulcie, though she is only 5 years old for the majority of the book.
  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: Diedre. While her brattiness is somewhat less than Dulcie's, it's especially evident after Daphne's wedding, especially after Alicia is born.
  • Break the Cutie: This entire book is this for Daphne.
  • Broken Ace: Daphne. She is the most beautiful of the Ingham children and seems to have everything going for her at the beginning of the book. The same cannot be said for her in the middle of the book, but she returns to her former status by the end of the book.
  • Broken Bird: Daphne. See the YMMV page for more details.
  • The Bus Came Back: Happens to both Richard (in the World War I chapters) and to Felicity (at Michael's engagement party).
  • Bus Crash: Guy appears for a bit in the middle of the book, then leaves to go fight in the war. He is never seen or heard from again; it is just said that he's Missing in Action. It is only in the last few chapters that it is revealed that he was killed in Verdun.
  • Camp Straight: Apparently, Julian. He is frequently described as the most effeminate and "wishy-washy" of the Torbett boys. This is why everyone is surprised that he is Daphne's apparent rapist.
  • Child by Rape: Alicia, though she is being raised as Hugo's daughter.
  • Child Prodigy: Cecily is able to design - more like "engineer" clothes at the age of 12 that her mother can barely make.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Between Michael and Cecily. The sequel will tell if it is successful or not.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: De Lacy. In one of her first scenes, she ruins one of Daphne's ballgowns by knocking into an inkpot. She's not seen very much after that, so it's hard to tell if she grows out of this or not.
  • Daddy's Girl: All of the girls, except Diedre. The youngest two barely seem to care when their mother leaves the family.
  • The Ditz: De Lacy. She literally has no clue why Cecily would upset to know that Michael was going to marry someone else.
  • Dumb Blond: De Lacy. Again, literally no clue. She even says that Cecily could never marry Michael because of the class difference. True, but she could have found a nicer way to say it. Oh, and this is when she's nineteen, so she really should have more of a clue.
  • The Ghost: While Felicity's sister Anne never appears, and later Dies Offscreen, she still plays a fairly major part in the plot. Her failing health is one of the reasons Daphne states for pushing up the date of her wedding.
  • Good Parents: Charles Ingham and both of the Swann parents are very supportive of all of their own and each other's children. Not so much for Felicity Ingham, who leaves the family at a very hard part in their children's lives, only to reappear randomly at her surviving son's engagement party.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Diedre in regards to all of her sisters, being not as pretty as even the youngest, Dulcie. Possibly also Richard's motivation for raping Daphne.
  • He Is All Grown Up: Happens to Michael, De Lacy, and Cecily at the end of the book. All the others age up, too, but it's not as noticeable for them.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: All of the Inghams have inherited their father's pale blue eyes, and (to the distress of their great-aunt) like to match their dresses to their eyes.
  • Killed Off for Real: Guy Ingham, Peter Stanton, Aunt Anne, and Richard and Julian Torbett.
  • Love at First Sight: What Hugo feels for Daphne.
  • Middle Child Syndrome: Poor Diedre. Though she is the second-oldest, she clearly holds some grudges over her younger siblings. Not so much for Daphne or Michael, the true middle children of the family.
  • Missing Mom: Felicity leaves the family after the youngest, Dulcie, is almost kidnapped, and only returns years later for Michael's engagement party.
  • Overly Long Name: Both of Daphne's children have at least two middle names, and presumably will also happen to the third child.
  • Parental Favoritism: Both Daphne and Dulcie are clearly well-loved by both the family and the staff. It is possibly this reason why Diedre seems to dislike them both so much.
  • Parental Neglect: Happens to Hugo when his mother blames him for his brother's death and sends him off to America. Felicity also abandons all of her children when she leaves the family.
  • Rape as Drama: Poor Daphne gets raped approximately 75 pages into the novel.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: While not full royals, the Inghams are all related to the earl, Charles, and so do have some aristocratic standing. The oldest male, Guy, goes to fight in World War I, and the only thing that stops his father and his younger brother are their poor eyesight.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Diedre, De Lacy, and Cecily's nickname Ceci.
  • Spoiled Sweet: Most of the Ingham children.
  • Teen Pregnancy: Daphne becomes pregnant at 17 and gives birth at 18. Possibly gives birth to her second child before age 20.
  • Vague Age: Genevra, the gypsy girl, though she appears to be close in age to De Lacy and Cecily, or at least younger than Daphne.
  • The Unfavorite: Diedre seems to be the least-liked of her siblings, especially seeing as she didn't even seem to have a coming-out ball, as she is still living at home and single at the age of 20, whereas her younger sister Daphne is going to have her ball within a year at the beginning of the book.
  • White Sheep: Apparently, Julian is this in the Torbett family. He is the only one who grows up to be neither an alcoholic nor a perverted rapist. Unfortunately, he is also the first Torbett to die.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Felicity has been cheating on her husband, Charles, for the past 4 years and is willing to leave her entire family, including her 6 children, two of whom are not even in their teens, behind. Also, happens with Charles' sister, Lavinia.

Catherine LingLiterature of the 2010sThe Century Trilogy

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